Why you might connect with this story:
- It encourages you to follow your dreams no matter what others might say.
- It’s got a good amount of girl-power.
- True friends support each other regardless of sex, job or if they happen to be a dragon.
Jane wants to be a knight
but everyone laughs at her,
saying that girls can’t be knights.
The court jester is the only person
who takes Jane seriously.
He lends her a small suit of armour
-which turn out to be just
what she needed.
Why I enjoyed the story: Jane and the Dragon was my favourite story as a child. I adored books like The Magic Faraway Tree, The Secret Seven series and the Nancy Drew series but it was this little picture book that gave me that moment where you realise that a story seems to have been created just for you.
The story is about a young girl called Jane (great name too) who is told that she can’t be what she dreams of – to be a knight – because it’s not what is expected of her as a girl. Everyone laughs at her dream except for one unlikely person who doesn’t laugh but confesses that they too have shared that dream but were too afraid to do try for it. With this persons encouragement, Jane finds the courage to chase her dream – in secret. Events unfold where she gets to prove herself and accidentally befriends a dragon who is also suffering from trying to live up to peoples expectations.
As a child, I didn’t have many role models for people who dared to dream of things outside of what was expected of them by their peers, family or the world in general. This story gave me Jane. When I was told 8 years later during a school’s career counselling session that I should ignore the option of ‘engineer’ in my quiz results as, and I quote, “girls don’t do that kind of thing”, I thought of Jane and how she wouldn’t put up with that kind of crap.
I’m now an engineer.
So thank you Jane, Dragon and of course Martin Baynton for your story, for encouraging me to do what I wanted, not what was expected.
Did you have a book that connected with you like this?
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